´¯`•. March 02, 2017

Night at the Museum!

I’m seriously, seriously behind in posting about our adventures.  Mostly because I was busy writing to penpals.  Partly because I’ve been writing on MSWord almost obsessively.  Somewhat because I’ve got scrapbooking going, again.  And the blog suffers when other things are front and center.  But last month, the fire museum that we went to over a year ago advertised a ‘Night at the Museum’, and because Brian had never been (and I thought it would be a great field trip), I got us tickets to go.  Here’s the blurb, from Facebook:

Engine House No 5 Museum comes alive in our second annual Night at Your Museum. Join us to learn about 8 different fires from history that changed how things are done today. Learn how soon we forget and history repeats itself.  …Many more interesting characters will come to life and visit us on February 10th or 11th. This is a drop in event from 6pm to 9pm. Do not miss this one!

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The kids all got fireman hats, and there was a little quiz to be sure that they were paying attention as we went through the museum.

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We got to show Daddy all of the stuff that he didn’t get to see, the last time.  It was amazing how much we remembered about what we’d learned on our first tour – there was a man listening into our conversation, and he turned to me and said, “You wanna work here?  You got it down, cold!”  LoL!!  So did the kids…!

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This time, there were ‘catastrophes’ set up around the museum.  The lighting was terrible – it was night so there was no daylight to help me with my photography, and the rooms were dimly lit, so I apologize.  But each volunteer was a person who survived a massive fire.  They told us how it started, what happened, how many were killed, and what this catastrophic fire brought about, by way of safety.  This woman was in a fire in a New York textiles factory.  The bosses locked the buildings outer stairwells to keep women from going out and smoking, so when the fire broke out, they were trapped.  This led to firewell codes.

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The presenters were in costume, had pictures of their fires, and really knew their stories.  There were even two little girls, telling about the Barnam & Bailey circus fire they’d been in.  The war meant rationing, and so the circus resorted to parrafin and gasoline as a water repellant on the tent.  The big top went up in flames and was a tremendous loss of life.

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The kids loved hearing the stories.  Finding out how things went down, and what happened as a result.  Sprinklers.  Building capacities.  Placards on shipping containers telling what’s inside and how they are put out, so that chemicals could be dealt with properly (instead of wiping out whole towns!).

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(This was the guy who gave us our first tour, which was fun.)

Anyhow, it was highly educational, and we had a wonderful time together, too.  Brian got a look at the museum, and we heard a lot of history.  It was a win-win, all the way around.  I just wish my pictures had turned out better!

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